LetsGetChecked has collaborated with biotechnology company Illumina and the California Department of Public Health’s SARS-CoV-2 Whole Genome Sequencing Initiative COVIDNet to identify and trace Covid-19 variants within the US. LetsGetChecked is expected to use its laboratory in Monrovia, California and the Illumina NovaSeq 6000 System, a next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform, to help surveillance projects detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants.

BioReference Laboratories has announced a Covid-19 testing programme for US-based crew members and guests who travel with the Royal Caribbean Group. Unvaccinated guests will undergo rapid, point-of-care PCR Covid-19 testing prior to boarding their cruise ships. These guests will also be tested on arrival or at the end of their voyage before leaving the ship. Testing procedures can also happen onboard if the voyages are lengthy. All crew members are expected to be routinely tested at regular intervals.

J Mitra and Company, an in-vitro diagnostics kits manufacturer, announced the launch of the Covid-19 Ag Microlisa Elisa test kit in India. The kit is expected to bring down the overall cost of testing and has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). It is also expected to provide better efficiencies, thereby reducing the turn-around time between testing and results to just two hours.